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ovember is National Caregivers Month. Caregivers are exceptional individuals that need to give themselves a huge pat on the back for what they do. You cannot underestimate their importance and what they mean to the people they care for. To assist these individuals Prime Time has just published the 2011 Family Caregivers Resource Guide, (FCG). With our partners at the City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs, NM Aging and Long Term Services Dept. and our advertisers we have developed a pocket-sized guide to help you find everything you need to know about what is available to you as a caregiver or to help yourself get care. Through the month of November the 2011 FCG will be available at all Albertson’s and Smith’s grocery store locations from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. It will be premiered at the ABQ Caregivers Conference this month. For the rest of the year FCG will be available by calling our office at 505-880-0470; visiting our clients; at all the seniors centers in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, and Rio Rancho. FCGs will also be available at all the New Mexico Association of Continuity of Care, (NMACC) and the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, (SHSMD) monthly meetings.

Then of course they will be where ever we are at, which includes the KOB Health Fair and our Prime Time 50+ Celebration in April 2nd. If want to have them at your business, workplace or church group just call our office and we will provide them to you. Also in this issue Editor Maria Elena, who I think is having way too much fun, writes about her interview with popular literary journalist Gail Sheehy, who opens up about her own journey of being a caregiver. Read how this experience changed her life and turned her into an advocate of Palliative Care. Along with her story, are many other articles about Caregiving issues and important questions that need to be discussed in a family. And finally GOOOO LOBOOOOOOS! Richard Stevens, sports writer for the now retired Albuquerque Tribune, contributed a great story about the newly renovated Pit, how it looks, what it cost and what the fans and opposing teams, can expect. Enjoy the issue.

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China: Where Art Became Cash and artists who are now famous worldwide. When we first came to China in 2004 and visited some of these art studios, I was surprised to find some of the artists’ works selling for tens of thousands of dollars. Little did I know then that these were bargain prices compared to the stratosphere their prices would soon soar. Huang LiaoYuan is Robin’s childhood friend and classmate. I met Huang during my second meal in China at a restaurant where he was the manager. He was saving his money to open a gallery. He opened Beijing Art Now Gallery (B.A.N.G.) in 2004 and his 2nd location in Shanghai in 2006. By this time New York galleries and Sotheby’s discovered his artists. The decimal points of their prices quickly moved to the right from selling for tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars. As a gallery owner I was awed at that rapid ascent. The opening for B.A.N.G. Shanghai was quite an affair. The gallery is in a converted warehouse district for galleries and studios on the now famous Moganshan road.

The walls of the gallery were minimally hung with large canvases wrapped with sheets of paper of various currencies; Dollars, Euros, Deutschmarks, Renmenbi, etc. At first I thought it was an artist’s B.A.N.G. owner Huang Liao Yuan illuminated in a video on a wall over the reception desk opening night.

ings sight unseen since the subject of the paintings did not matter to them. For those who care about the art, the paintings would be unveiled the next day. So this was an art opening where you did not get to see the art. Red dots quickly flew up next to the paintings indicating they were sold. Who was the joke on?

Canvases wrapped in sheets of money on opening night.

take off of Andy Warhol’s series of dollar bills, but I noticed that the cards describing the work were for different artists. Because I had visited the studios of the artists I knew reproductions of money were not their style. I then realized the paintings were wrapped with “money.” The gallery quickly filled with over 300 people. The lights dimmed and a 12foot square video projection of Huang illuminated a wall over the reception desk. A hush came over the crowd as the apparition of Huang spoke of the explosion of interest, internationally of Chinese Contemporary Artists, causing their prices to skyrocket. He said that now people cared more about speculating on the prices of their art than caring about the art itself. He went on to say for those John Cacciatore with Zhang Xiao Gang who set the record with a sale for $6.69 speculators in attendance, million in October 2010. they could buy the paint-

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Howling for the Lobos in a New Pit

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By Richard Stevens

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t is a face-lift that surely would make any aging Hollywood star jealous. It also is an overhaul that goes beyond cosmetics and fashion to strongly embrace technology and 21st-century demands. The University of New Mexico threw a $60 million renovation project at one of New Mexico’s crown jewels with two distinct goals at the forefront of the project:

games. The Lobo men’s schedule lists 18 home games beginning Nov. 3 with an exhibition game against Eastern New Mexico and ending March 5, 2011 with a Pit game against Air Force. The men will play six home games in November. The Lobo women have 16 Pit games scheduled beginning Nov. 9 against Western New Mexico and ending March 1 against Brigham

However, The Pit reaches beyond basketball. In 1999, Sports Illustrated named The Pit one of the Top 20 sporting venues of the 20th Century on a list that included Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, Pebble Beach and Daytona International. The Pit was rated as the loudest collegiate venue in the nation in 1999 by “Hoops across America” with a decibel level of 118, beating out Duke’s

1- Move boldly toward a promising future of high-tech fashion and cutting-edge technology. 2- Don’t ignore the glorious past of a special building and the fans that make it that way. “Anybody who is a college sports fan knows the name and the magic of The Pit,” said Paul Krebs, UNM’s Vice President for Athletics. “We refused to compromise the character of The Pit, but we knew we had to make changes. “I think what we have now is the very best college basketball arena in the country, but the core of The Pit is still intact. There are many new, exciting and necessary changes in The Pit, but come to a game and you will see that the heart of this building is still intact. Our passionate fans are what makes this building special and nothing has changed there.” The Pit has added all the bells and whistles to make University Arena a model for other universities to envy and probably copy. The makeover is high-tech and glassy, offering stunning views of the Sandia Mountains to the East and seductive Southwest sunsets to the West. The Pit, built in 1966 for $1.4 million, has expanded by 60,000-square feet. It has 38 luxury suites and 244 club seats. The remodeling includes state-ofthe-art locker room facilities, new scoreboards, an expanded concourse, new restrooms, expanded concessions, and a high-rise look out front. From the chest down, The Pit doesn’t change much. It is still a sunken, cauldron of emotion that wraps itself around all enemies of Lobos and makes The Pit one of the more difficult arenas in the nation for visitors to find a win. The Lobo men’s and women’s team have played in front of more than 13 millions fans since 1966, and the two programs combine to win more than 80 percent of their Pit

Richard Stevens is the senior writer at Senior Writer/GoLobos. com and a former Associate Sports Editor and national award-winning sports columnist for The Albuquerque Tribune. You can reach him at rstevens50@comcast.net.

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Young. The Lobo women also have six home games in November. “The Pit has always been a source of pride for the entire state of New Mexico,” said Don Flanagan, UNM’s women’s coach. “The source of that pride is now a lot prettier to look at.” Of course, The Pit’s roots are basketball. Part of the push to modernize was to return the men’s NCAA Tournament to Albuquerque. Surely, one of The Pit’s most publicized memories was the 1983 wild dance of victory that North Carolina State coach Jim Valvano threw out on national TV when his Wolfpack pulled one of the more stunning upsets in NCAA Championship history.

Cameron Indoor Stadium, which hit the 116 mark. The list of stars that have brought their acts to The Pit is an impressive one: Mick Jagger, The Eagles, Jethro Tull, Elton John, James Taylor, Led Zeppelin, Luciano Pavarotti, and George Strait. And, of course, the hoop stars, too: Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Steve Nash, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Alajuwon, Scottie Pippen, Pete Sampras, John Wooden, Rick Pitino, and Bobby Knight. There have been a few Lobo stars, too. There will be more and The Pit will still rock and roar, just like the good, old days. Really, nothing about what has made The Pit special has changed. But The Pit has changed and it is more special than ever.

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Albuquerque Public Schools. As more and more children are referred to the program, the need for mentors rises. Whether they are struggling academically, behaviorally or need a boost in their self-

esteem a small amount of time can do a lot for them. With the exposure to adults role models students gain a more positive self-image of themselves. The adult assistance with schoolwork improves their grades and fundamentally having a role model to depend upon is very meaningful to these young lives. Mentors must be willing to go to a school and interact with students through through sports activities, crafts, cultural events or homework. Mentors are asked to commit to volunteering four hours per month at a community or one hour a week at a school with a child one-on-one. The positive results are astounding if you consider that over 91 percent of the students feel that having a mentor is helpful and 67 percent of the students feel a mentor helps them stay out of trouble. Currently 20 schools in Albuquerque are being served. Schedules are flexible schedules and what makes this program unique is that it comes with an umbrella of services that YDI will provide to the families by way of case management services. To be a part of this program call YDI Mentoring Initiative at 505212-7346 or visit: http://www.ydinm.org/public/ PIT/wisemen.aspx


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s we turn our attention to holiday meals that begin this month we need to pay attention to the after-effects of these meals. I’m not talking about weight gain but rather heartburn. Heartburn is harmful and the symptom we commonly complain of is when our gastric contents

travel upward into our esophagus. More than 40 percent of Americans suffer heartburn symptoms once a month and 7 percent experience daily problems. Food and liquids normally pass from our mouth through our esophagus into our stomach via contractions called peristalsis. An area of tissue with a higher degree of pressure called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) helps keep the gastric contents in the stomach away from the esophagus. So how bad can reflux or heartburn be? It can cause a little indigestion, right? Wrong! Besides esophageal irritation, the potential for strictures, or scarred areas of closure, bleeding, perforation, or even the transformation of the esophageal lining into a cancerous state can result from reflux . Therapy is directed toward enhanc-

Treatment Options Lifestyle changes include raising the head of the bed at least six inches with pillows that can be found at medical supply stores. Decrease dietary fat, avoid tobacco products, don’t eat just before going to bed and avoid aggrivating foods. Medications for reflux vary but are designed to increase the LES tone, and decrease the stomach’s acidity. Antacids can accomplish this but have to be taken up to every three hours. H2 Blockers (cimetidine), and proton pump inhibitors (the purple pill class) lower the acid content of the stomach to treat reflux and can be taken once or twice a day. Prokinetic drugs actually facilitate emptying of the stomach so there is less to travel backwards into the esophagus. Surgery is limited to those individuals who fail pharmacologic treatment or have severe complications of reflux. In the senior population, there is no such thing as a “typical” symptom. Weight loss, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, anemia and even anorexia might be a result of reflux. This bit of information is not offered to dampen the joy of upcoming feasts, but to assist in the necessary attention to our digestive dialogues. Our stomach may be talking to us and we aren’t hearing it. Listen well, and give thanks for all our blessings.

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itting at my high school graduation, I remember the shock I felt hearing that a member of my class had qualified for the Olympic swim team. I swiveled in my chair, as we all did, to take a better look at the quiet girl we had all spent the last four years overlooking. Most of us hadn’t even known she was a swimmer.

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Looking But Not Seeing As we move through our lives enveloped in our preoccupations with ourselves, our families, and those closest to us, we tend to overlook the people that ride right on the fringes of what we deem most important. And when we get stressed out, we tend to over-focus our awareness on ourselves. Our problems suddenly become all we can think about, and it seems like the world closes in around us. To consciously shift your awareness from self to others can, in an instant, allow you some space between you and your problems. It’s like taking a breath, a much needed step back out of the forest in order to see the trees. Here’s how it works. The next time you are feeling stressed, try to consciously shift your aware-

ness from your thoughts about what’s bothering you to the visual experience of the people around you. Perhaps it’s the faces in line at the bank, or in a doctor’s waiting room, or in the other cars stuck in traffic. What do you see there? A furrowed brow on the man waiting to deposit his checks; a smile on the child who’s just discovered how to skip; a grandmother whose emerald sunglasses are an homage to days gone-by. Suddenly there are people with you in the world, and you’re not so alone in your problems. When we get stressed, we tend to contract, and so a simple method of reversing this feeling is to move toward expansion. What secret lives of people can your practice of mindfulness uncover? Back at my

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high school graduation, I noticed for the first time the ropey muscles in the soon-to-be-Olympian’s forearms and neck. How had I missed that before? For the simple reason that I had never bothered to look. Mindfulness enables us to cultivate a certain quality of attention, one which allows the world to open up instead of close in around us. We see bits of ourselves in others, the hurt, the fear, the smiles, and we’re suddenly not so alone. This is the gift of mindfulness that keeps on giving. It’s there, all we have to do is learn how to look. Visit www.duvalmeditation.com to learn more about our upcoming mindfulness retreats.

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Honoring National Caregivers By Maria Elena Alvarez

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ovember is National Caregivers Month and for the last five years the City of Albuquerque’s Department of Senior Affairs and Prime Time Monthly News have been collaborating to help New Mexico caregivers. The City, in partnership with the New Mexico Alzheimer’s Association, developed an annual Caregivers Conference and Prime Time Monthly News published the comprehensive Family Caregivers Resource Guide, which is premiered at the conference. The conference, along with the Family Caregivers Resource Guide,

INDEX Sheehy Passages pg 14 Palliative Care pg 15 Five Questions pg 16 Grandparents Hell pg 17 Haven Care 21 End of Life Heritage pg 23 have made it possible for local caregivers to get help with training and networking. A dedicated team of community partners and organizations, under the leadership of the New Mexico Alzheimer’s Association, arranged a great program for this year’s event, which is themed, Caregiving: The Heart of the Journey. Mark Narvaez, Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, pointed out recently that over 65 million people or 29 percent of the population are taking care of someone who is either too old to care for

themselves, or has been impacted by a brain disease or physical incapacitation. This is a lot of people and many of these individuals are not paid for the service they are providing. The projections for the future are that these numbers will continue to grow. Nationally, the value of this unpaid care is estimated at $375 billion per year. In New Mexico, estimates show that approximately 184,473 caregivers provide more than 198 million hours of care valued at more than $1.9 billion, said Narvaez. So if you are not a caregiver now, you may find yourself in that position down the road. This conference and the Family Caregivers Resource Guide exist to help the caregivers. This year’s conference, which is free to family caregivers, will feature a number of great workshops, seminars, networking activities, a community-care Expo and, by arrangement, available on-site and at-home are respite care services. The keynote speaker will be Lori Hogan, co-founder of Home Instead Senior Care and co-author of Stages of Senior Care. Local Home Instead owner Mary Martinez says that Hogan will remind caregivers that they are not alone and that they must take care of themselves in order to care for others. Hogan will talk about what being a caregiver entails and the conference will provide caregivers with a variety of learning opportunities and information about how to get help. “In developing the conference educational program,” Narvaez pointed out, “we have tried to stay true to the conference theme, while shaping sessions that would address topics of body, mind and


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spirit, and which would provide caregivers with opportunities for information and education, skills-building and inspiration. In considering our target audience, it has truly been a labor of love. The conference is a way of providing caregivers with support and thanking them for what they do daily to make the community a better place to live. A peek at some of the sessions: • Using Effective Communication to Modify Difficult Behaviors in Persons with Dementia; • The Circle of Care: American Indian Family Caregivers; • Veteran and Family Caregiver Services and Resources: The Who, The What & The Where; • Legal Tools in Planning for Incapacity; • Planning & Prevention – Easing the Stress of Caregiving; • The Philosophy of Medication Use in Dementia; • Voices of the Caregiver: Four Experiences; • The Proper Care & Feeding of Caregivers; • Helping Hoarders;

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Communicating With Your Health Provider; • Staying Sane – Finding the Joy in Dementia; • Stepping Up to the Plate – Meeting the Challenges of the Appetite Impaired; • Telling Our Story – Caregiver Advocacy & Action; • Where to Start – Financial Concerns of the Elderly; • Upsizing Your Life by Downsizing Your Home = Downsizing; • Home Safety Crew – We’re Here For You; • Life Engaging Activities.

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Sheehy Eyes Caregiving Passing Through Life By Maria Elena Alvarez

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hen Gail Sheehy wrote her first book Passages (1976) she did not think there was much life left after 50. “I remember thinking at the time, what’s after 50?” Well, today she is over 50 and has made many discoveries concluding that there is a lot of life after 50. When Passages was published, it was the only book of its kind that tackled and had a coherent vision of the passages among citizens of the United States during their 20s, 30, and 40s. I have grown up through my own career with Gail Sheehy, setting my standard for good journalism. She has been fearless in writing about controversial topics and subjects. Think menopause and what we knew just 25 years ago, or male menopause; now that was ground breaking, the subject not ever having been uttered in the public domain. She opened the door on female sexuality. Her venue for me in the beginning was Vanity Fair followed by her books and now her own story. Sheehy has interviewed the giants of her time and I have now had my own experiene interviewing her, unlike the other great inspiration in my career, Italian female journalist Orianna Fallaci, whom I was never able to meet and wished I had pursued harder. Sheehy has a deep presence of mind, enhanced by a practice of morning meditation. Sheehy’s latest book, Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos Into Confidence is no exception to what she has already done examining life in this country. Given my

own experience as a caregiver in a large family with many generations needing care for aging and mental illness, Sheehy has come to the same conclusion I too have reached. The conversation has to change about caregiving! For more about her work, visit her comprehensive website: www.gailsheehy.com

Personal Journey Her passage into caregiving came with the diagnosis of her husband’s terminal cancer that they lived with for over 17 years, where she was the primary caregiver. She remembers walking a labyrinth at a caregivers retreat. There she realized that caregiving is about going around in circles and finding the center, to going back to it when the patient passes. She discovered eight turns in her experience as a caregiver and the worst was when she began to think she was god. “As all goes well, a caregiver thinks they are like god keeping everything in line. But then things change which can lead to a caregiver feeling guilt that they can longer be god,” she said at a summer gathering in Santa Fe. The emotional work of passage is painful. Letting go is the most painful and worsened when the patient is willing to let go before the caregiver. Sadly, no one can control the trajectory of aging and death. She learned that on the journey to the end of her husband’s life she had to turn it back to him. “This meant turning up our life. Starting a new life. My husband wanted to return to his roots in journalism,” so the couple left New York and moved to California where

he became a journalism professor. “The first most important question I asked my husband is what do you want to do? His answer was to be a journalist again and be with me. He also wanted another year. No husband will tell his wife he’s ready to go in the United States,” she said. In California they fell back in love. People do not die quickly of catastrophic illness. What happens is people become chronically ill and remain alive due to advances in medicine, said Sheehy. One begins the experience of slow dying and for her husband it manifested as chronic pneumonia. Ultimately she had to come to terms with letting her husband die and they agreed to do this together. “We discovered that normal is as normal does. And life is what you make of it.” During the last stages of his life he still wanted to go to jazz concerts and we lived very much in the moment.

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Choices for those in the slow dying process are limited. Sheehy and her husband chose the route of palliative care because we did not want to live in hospitals. She learned that in the Grey market immigrant women are better prepared to care for the elderly. It is critical that a caregiver not go it alone. They need friends willing to listen and to be in the company of other caregivers. It is not unusual for a caregiver to suffer from a stroke or heart attack and surprisingly more than 30 percent of the nation’s caregivers are men. Today Sheehy is on a campaign to educate people about palliative care. “The question that needs to be answered is whether there is any benefit in keeping people alive with no quality of life?” she asks. We have a voice as it pertains to cost where the most money a person will spend on healthcare is in the last year of life. “What happens in palliative care is that people get better,” she said. We have resources in our minds

and bodies that we don’t even know about. Today communities are forming around death and dying. Eight years ago Beacon Hill in Boston, just such a community, was formed. A group decided to form a collective and pledged to take care of each other and realized they just needed three categories of service. An association was formed to develop a village. “I then discovered another village found in San Francisco,” she said. The village concept is growing in the United States. It is about the security to stay at home. Today there are about 80 communities in the US. “It is like a Village Movement, she said. The age span is between 50 to 90 years of age. Q: Can citizens of the United States handle death? GS: We deny and postpone death. The healthcare debate did a terrible service to the conversation with the talk of death panels. We need to change the system, which does not reward more care but rather rewards better care. We are moving in a new direction. Q: What about dementia? GS: There are few breakthroughs on this front. Some discoveries have been made about the value of music and art therapy. About frontal lobe bypasses and by invoking intrinsic memory encoded in the brain, but the research is still ongoing.


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Palliative Care the Way of Future By Agnes Vallejos

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ar too many times, I have heard from people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. “The doctor gave me the diagnosis, wrote a prescription, and told me to come back in a year; there is nothing else that can be done for me.” The Desert Southwest Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association recently published the book Palliative Care for Advanced Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Guidelines and Standards for Evidenced-Based Care. To quote the authors, “According to the World Health Organization, Palliative care is defined as “the active total care of persons whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best possible quality of life for persons and their families. With advanced dementia, it is holistic comfort care and includes interventions to address symptom control, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of patients and families, quality of life, dignity, safety, respect for personhood emphasis on the use of intact patient abilities and manipu-

lation of the environment. “ When physicians and other healthcare professionals adopt a person-centered approach to treating Alzheimer’s and dementia, they advocate for so much more. So when a person receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another dementia and begins to take their medication, is there nothing more to do? Preserving function is something we can do so it might seem funny to someone who can remember, but labeling the cabinets in the home of a person with Alzheimer’s is just what the doctor (should have) ordered. Creating moments of joy is something we can do; who says we can’t have ice cream for breakfast? Living each day fully is something we can do; when was the last time you drove to the Jemez Mountains to see the fall colors or to the Bosque del Apache to listen to the cranes? Palliative care is not giving up on someone who is facing an incurable illness. Palliative care is care that is focused on the person and includes things such as managing pain in a way that leaves the

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individual available to participate as fully as possible in all aspects of his or her life. For someone with advanced dementia, it would be a mistake to assume that the person with the disease cannot participate in his or her full potential. It would be tragic if, as caregivers, we did not extend our best efforts at providing timely and appropriate intervention to someone who is the most vulnerable. Alzheimer’s disease is a fatal neurological disorder that has no cure. Light Housekeeping * Meal Prep * Errands When does Alzheimer’s Bathing Assistance * Continence Care * Memory Care and Dementia care Screened & Trained * Bonded & Insured become comfort care? And when does comfort care become Palliative care? I would suggest that from the beginning all care for a person with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia should be personAgnes Vallejos is Executive Director of centered and palliative with goal of Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico achieving the best quality of life for Chapter the person with the disease.

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Questions Every Family Needs To Answer By Gail Rubin

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hen the family gathers this Thanksgiving, besides giving thanks for the bounty in your life, take advantage of this face time to talk turkey about end-of-life issues. Sure, it’s easy to keep it superficial and focus on the football game. But with close relatives you don’t often see, grab the opportunity to have a meaningful discussion. Just as talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, talking about funerals and end-of-life treatment won’t make you dead – and your family will benefit from the conversation. Surveys indicate most older people say they want to die at home, but an estimated 60 percent die in a hospital or nursing home setting. People may say their families know what their wishes are, but they haven’t written them down or even talked about it. Alexandra Drane, co-founder of the nonprofit organization Engage With Grace, created a means to jump start the conversation with The One Slide Project, five key questions that fit on one sheet of paper. Drane launched the project in 2008 after the death of her sisterin-law “Za” at the age of 32 from cancer. Za almost died in the hospital, but because the family stood up to the system and did what they thought she would have wanted,

they took her home. For the first time since she went to the hospital two months earlier, Za was able to hold and love her two-year-old daughter. The next night, Za peacefully died at home. “What we as a nation need is a process to help minimize the gutwrenching decisions that so often happen around end-of-life, leaving politics and policy out of it. That way we can all end our lives in the same way we lived them – with intent,” said Drane. Answering the five questions on this one page can make the difference between fearful confusion and loving knowledge when a family member is hospitalized. The One Slide Project is available for download at www.EngageWithGrace.org. The five questions are: On a scale of 1 to 5, where do you fall on this continuum? • One being “let me die in my own bed, without any medical intervention.” Five being “don’t give up on me no matter what, try any proven and unproven intervention possible.” • If there were a choice, would you prefer to die at home, or in a hospital? • Could a loved one correctly describe how you’d like to be treated in the case of a terminal illness? • Is there someone you trust whom you’ve appointed to advocate on your behalf when the time is near? • Have you completed any of the following: written a living will, appointed a healthcare power of attorney, or completed an advance directive? This Thanksgiving, use these five questions to break the ice about these life and death issues. You won’t regret it. Gail Rubin is an event planner specializing in funerals and memorial services. She’s the author of A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die (www.AGoodGoodbye.com) and The Family Plot Blog (http://TheFamilyPlot.wordpress.com)


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he Crone, in some cultures is the position that older women held; no longer able to procreate, losing physical beauty, and in general relegated to second-class citizenship. Of course, not all cultures have disrespected the aging woman. In some indigenous societies, the older woman is still sought for advice, and in matriarchal cultures indigenous to Asia, Africa and at one time in the Cherokee Nation, older women made crucial decisions for the tribe. But when did we as older woman lose total credibility as to our experience and wisdom in child rearing? In America, there is an unbelievable phenomenon practiced by Generation Xers and typically professional women, which has redefined the grandmother’s role to be one of grand kid adoration and solely that. For the most part, no longer are grandparents sought for child care advice, whether it be how to lower a fever of an infant, or when to start solid food or the importance of giving babies water as they begin eating table food.

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Jackalyne, the grandmother of her 30 something daughter’s first child, was asked to view a video on baby care before she could sit for the new parents. As it turned out, she and husband were delayed by their flight and they got to their daughter’s house close to the time the younger folks were to leave for their night out. The daughter decided it was too risky to leave the baby in the care of her own parents who had raised her and her brothers successfully. Anna was invited to assist with her new grandchild’s bath and as she made ready, her adult daughter stopped to consult her childcare book on the best way to bathe baby, ignoring her own mother’s experience. Clarice’s child kept her from being present when babies were born so that the parental unit “bonded,” a common practice. The lack of boundaries and permissiveness in their adult children’s homes is a subject often discussed among disenfranchised grandparents when boundaries and supervi-

sion are needed the most, especially since in most households both parents must work due to economic concerns. Hyperactivity, short attention spans, and a general lack of disrespect for themselves, others, and property are now the norm. Many of today’s grandparents feel that young parents seem to forget that their children need to survive in the world and in order to do this successfully, they must be taught civility, politeness and some breeding. Planning their college careers at the age of two may be laudatory but not helpful if they raise a social outcast. Despite increasing evidence of the detriments of not paying attention to your children’s behavior, it seems some adults are not present or otherwise engaged. “Then what are we to do?” says Beth. “Don’t give up,” we chime in as we sit around our morning coffee. “No matter how disappointed and useless you feel – in determining your grandchildren’s fate. If you are lucky enough to live near them – you can be a real role model in showing that the old values and rules were there for a reason and that when we provide boundaries

for them, it’s our way of loving them. You do have to do a lot of tongue biting though, especially when it comes to giving advice to your adult children, and don’t hesitate to give your opinion when you feel it is absolutely necessary, but chose your battles wisely. Sometimes bruised feelings can be discussed and if these are the price you pay for helping your grand kids to become responsible adults and a credit to society, then so be it. However, don’t hesitate to influence them when they are around you -- show them by example.

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aven Care was established in the 1995 and is locally owned and operated by Maribeth P. Voleck and Gloria Martinez-Newton. Haven Care provides care for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Haven Care has six residential care home, three in northeast Albuquerque, two on the Westside and one in Rio Rancho. The model of care is five residents to a home and every room is private. All homes have security systems, secured backyards with lovely patios and gardens. We offer family style living in a home environment. We recognize that the key to providing excellent care is having stellar caregivers and support staff. Staff to resident ration is 1:5. Staff includes Care Managers, an RN,

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was reading archival copies of the old Santa Fe Republican newspaper the other day. A curious item printed in the March 11, 1948 issue caught my eye. It was a letter from a volunteer U.S. soldier to his recentlyacquired New Mexican wife. After starting down the Rio Grande with the army, on the last campaign of the Mexican War, he had fallen ill and been left behind at Socorro. The letter had later come to the attention of the Republican editor who published it. He suggested that the writer must never have gone to school, because his spelling was so

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A Soldier’s Letter faulty, even eccentric. The author of the letter reproduced here refers to his wife by the name Mickeleter. That obviously represents his mangling of some first name in Spanish, possibly Micaela, which was much used for girls in New Mexico. The soldier tells his wife that he is leaving for El Paso, or alpasa as he spells it, and the possibility exists that he might fall in battle. Here is the letter for deciphering: Socoro, NM Febuary th9 Mickeleter ---------Der Wife I take the oppertounity to let yu no that I am well an inoying good helth at present and I hope thes few lines may find yu inJoying the Sam Blesing, mi Companey is in alpasa and I will Start this evning for to Joine mi Companey. I hav lad upon the Bed when Sick and I thaught

of the hours which we have past in peece and plesure Now it is A giting late mi der Mickeleter if I should fall be fore mi Enimies dont greav for mi youre faful and Ombel Servante *** In the absence of specific information, we would like to think that the soldier survived the war and got back safely to his “der Mickeleter.” One wonders also whether she was able to comprehend his letter. This points out an interesting historical fact. There was a good deal of intermarriage between Hispanic women and Anglo traders, trappers, and soldiers. Some of the unions might have violated the wishes of the girls’ families, but probably not many since parental control was strong in traditional New Mexican society. Josiah Gregg wrote in 1844: “There are few parents who would stoop to consult a young lady’s

wishes before concluding a marriage contract. Nor would maidens ever dream of a matrimonial connection unless approved first by the father.” By the mid 1840s, some upper class New Mexicans, however, saw that the United States would soon seize and annex their province. Having a Yankee as a member of the family, they thought, might help ease the transition and allow them to retain political and economic influence in the new order. For their part, single Anglo men who settled here after the American conquest were told to find themselves “a sleeping dictionary.” By that odd phrase was meant “a Spanish-speaking wife.” Such a marriage allowed one to get a toehold in native society and provided a quick means to learn Spanish, without which a person could not function in New Mexico. Oddly, marriages arranged under these circumstances, more than not, worked beautifully.

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us into the realm of fantasy/comedy/ drama. Part of the family, alcoholic single mother Bonnie and her teenage son Thomas, live in the little town of Milkweed. The older generation, Al and Sophie Hershberger, have been killed, perhaps by a bear, and have passed on to the

taking a workshop run by the Angel Gabriel – a support group for “Parents of Adult Losers.” And the third locale is in the lair of Lionel, a lonely talking bear/beast with a bright human brain on Bear Mountain. “Raised by Humans” is a modern version of the “Beauty and the Beast” story,

lbuquerque theatre-goers have seen their share of dysfunctional families this season: the Westons of “August: Osage County,” the McGraths in “Crimes of the Heart,” the Hubbards from “The Little Foxes,” but now get ready for the Hershbergers who may just take first place in the dysfunctional family sweepstakes. But with a difference. The others were all, more or less realistic, downto-earth portray“Beauty” Diane Villegas and her “Beast” Charles Fisher in rehearsal. als of American afterlife where Heaven and this beast is defifamilies. The Hershbergers, the seems to be a lot like a nitely a very contemfamily at the center of “Raised by Humans” by Susan Erickson, move retirement community. porary one – he even They pass the time orders sheets online!

I’ve had the chance to read the script and I can tell you it’s laughout-loud funny while touching on some very serious themes. Playwright Erickson, chair of the theatre department at Central New Mexico College, says she likes to write “big, messy plays about family, love, and friendship.” She knows that all of us do really stupid things from time to time in our lives, whether we’re kids or adults or seniors, thus this is a play everybody can relate to. So, she says, “why not be entertained by this? We often laugh and cry at the same time. And that’s what you’ll do if you go to see ‘Raised by Humans’.” The play opens on November 12 and runs through December 5 at the Vortex Theatre. It stars Diane Villegas as “Beauty” and Charles Fisher as the “Beast.”


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An End-of-Life Lesson

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DOWN 1. Linguini or ziti 2. Lubricated 3. Beg 4. Meet for discussion 5. Word with code or rug 6. Refuses to let in 7. Vegas attractions 8. __ piano 9. Atmosphere: pref. 10. Disputed 11. __, Oklahoma 12. Spots 13. Catchall category: abbr. 20. Laid up? 21. Unit of capacity 25. Lead 27. Matching sock 28. Puncture 30. Grimm presentation 31. Moved smoothly 32. Injure 33. Spanish pronoun 34. Follows too closely 35. As light __ 37. Very dry 40. Martin or Allen 44. Inviting word 46. Happy __; satisfied person 48. Ridicule 50. Slackened 52. Show host 53. Siestas 54. Pesky insects 55. To be: Fr. 56. Immediately, in a memo 57. Leading character 59. Adventure story 60. Russia’s __ Mountains 62. Western Indian

ACROSS 1. Refreshing drink 4. Public vehicles 8. Walks the floor 13. Send 14. Type of examination 15. Sierra __ 16. Water-surrounded territory 17. First-century emperor 18. Palmer, for one 19. With firmness 22. Goals, for short 23. 18 Across’ aide 24. Military maneuver 26. Anatomical parts 29. Believes 32. Bell buckle material 36. Cathedral section 38. European lang. 39. Alack’s partner 40. Grazing animal 41. Aromatic shop 42. Hipbones 43. __ down; dismantle 44. Transferred ownership of 45. Evil intent 47. Make over 49. Serious 51. Become visible 56. Cry of discovery 58. Foot, for one 61. Arrangement 63. Woman’s garment 64. Former rulers’ title 65. Lofty ridge 66. Mild oath 67. Ending for major or cigar 68. Baffling question 69. Buttermilk’s rider 70. Snakelike formation

By Doug Sweet

I’m sorry, your cancer has spread and there is nothing more we can do for you.” After ten years from the initial diagnosis of breast cancer, the doctors were now telling my wife they could do no more. My wife took a leave of absence from her job and stayed home during the last six months of her life, confined to a body brace during waking hours. Hospice was never suggested, or if it was, we were too shocked by the news to remember. I think we never spoke the word “hospice” because, like for many people, the word is associated with end of life—death. What we did not realize then, but I would discover in my career change seven years later working in bereavement, was that hospice was exactly what we needed. Hospice would have provided supportive care to live those last six months of our marriage to the fullest. Hospice would have provided an entire team of caring and compassionate professionals who

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would have addressed our physical, emotional, spiritual, economic, social, and practical needs. Hospice’s view of dying as a “natural part of life” would have been welcomed words. The bereavement care and support for 13 months following my wife’s death would have helped me greatly in my recovery. If you or a loved one are facing a terminal illness, please contact a hospice provider to find out how they can help. I hope you will not wait until it’s too late. For more information call Heritage Hospice at 262-6455. Doug Sweet is the volunteer coordinator for Heritage Hospice.

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CLASSIFIEDS continuing education “SPANISH LESSONS by Native Teacher 20 hours/ $150.00 917-5134119.”

computers household items furniture Some say recycle some say reuse. Either way, selling gently used items at great prices to help change lives through the power work is a good thing. What can you recycle with Goodwill?

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individuals who enjoy the rewards of helping people. In-home care experience desired. Must be at least 21, have reliable car and pass background check. Call 232-7070.”

retail Corliss Enterprises. Specializing in Cane Chairs, Fiber Rush, Danish Cord and Wicker. 219-3120/710-6194 (cell).

handyman/yard/landscaping Carpenter-Cabinet Maker Handyman, free estimates - small jobs welcome. Established 1969. Call Mike at 8844138.

The Old Pine Box. Solid wood coffins for sale. Free Funeral Info Booklet. Call 505.286.9410 or visit our webiste at www.theoldpinebox.com

Handyman - Swamp cooler, winterized, electrical, plumbing, carpentry. Affordable door and window replacement, bath and kitchen remodels. Free estimates. Call 463-4744.

Wanted: Old German Beer Steins. 298-6550.

wanted House to share,Want compatible companion, 65-85, on social security.$175, plus helping and driving. NSND. 265-1990

Clint’s Handyman Landscaping, yard work, heavy lifting, hauling, inside and outside work. References available. (505) 331-5787 or clints.yards@gmail. com”

Handyman jobs around the house! Spring Cleaning, coolers, garden, leaves etc… Call Jeff @ 505-385-6417 Yard Work - Removal of dry trees, shrubs and weeds. Call Joe 203-5178. help wanted Atencion Family Services Now Paying Self-Directed Caregivers $10.00 per hour. Call 505-301-7308 Caregivers! Comfort Keepers is looking for Honest, compassionate

miscellaneous services Hair Cuts at Home - Need a great haircut? I do house calls. Licensed, 28 years experience. Call Rose at 8561844 for appointment. Watercolor Commissioned PaintingsGive that special gift to your loved one! Subjects can be Pet portraits, flowers, or birds (716)479-7986 or aesposito.20@comcast.net. Need Help? Call me to run errands, pickups & deliveries, organizing, shopping, house or pet sitting, clothing reapair. Refs. Girl Friday 720-1730.

pets for sale BICHON Frise, ages 6 weeks to 9 months. 2 females, 5 males. (405)3082318, (231)564-0950.”

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herb doc Shellie Rosen, DOM Shellie Rosen is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. She can be reached at 505.999.9468 or via her web site at Bodyvolve.com

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ecently a South American friend of mine introduced me to a wonderful drink from her region that is consumed the way we do coffee and tea. Yerba Maté, or IIex Paraguariensis, is a blend of stems and leaves harvested from shade trees for up to 40 years per tree and found in Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. Maté has a wide range of nutritional components including 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, 11 polyphenols, caffeine, and is high in antioxidants. It contains xanthine alkaloids, caffeine, theophylline and theobromine, comprehensive nutrients to help to balance the body as it is gently stimulated.

Yerba Maté is also used as a weight loss aid. Some studies have shown it to slow gastric emptying, which helps create lasting satiety from food. Nutritional supplementation may also reduce cravings and therefore decrease food consumption. Since it has more antioxidants and polyphenols than green tea it can be a great defender against free radicals as well. Smooth stimulation, weight management and wonderful taste are great reasons to consider Maté, but another benefit I enjoy is an increase in clarity and focus. Stimulating the body, stimulating the mind, and supplementing the body, supplementing the mind. This is a wonderful mind and body food. Personally, I have not noticed

any effect on my sleep, even when I enjoy a cup in the late afternoon. Some individuals who drink Maté claim it helps with insomnia. But I have seen some individu-

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als, although rare, who are sensitive to the stimulation it gives, so begin your journey slowly in order to test your sensitivity toward the drink. The chances are your senses will be delighted! Yerba Maté is available in many forms today, at your local health food store. There are bottles pre-made with natural flavorings, tea bags and bulk loose-leaf versions. I prefer the traditional looseleaf blend. And I like to prepare it as my friend did for me the first time I tried it at her home, with a bit of coconut milk and agave. I carry Maté at my clinic and have watched wonderful results with its use. Abundant Blessings!

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New Mexico Enrollment Days for Medicare

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he Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department has scheduled a series of enrollment days throughout the state to assist individuals who want to switch their plan, or newly enroll into a Medicare prescription drug plan or Medicare Health Plan. Screening for Extra Help to assist with paying for prescription drug costs will also be provided. Each event is free and open to the public.

Please bring your prescriptions, or a list of all medications you take including the full name of the drug, the strength and the dosage. If you cannot attend one of the enrollment events please contact the ADRC at 1-800-432-2080 for assistance. • Albuquerque Nov 15, 9 AM to 5 PM Highland Senior Center, 131 Monroe NE Nov 16 10 AM to 5 PM AHEPA Home, 6700 Los Volcanoes Road Nov 18 1 to 6 PM North Valley Library, 7704 2nd St.

Nov 29 10 AM to 5 PM Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo Dec 18 AM to 4 PM Los Volcanoes Senior Center, 6500 Los Volcanoes Dec 8 10:30 AM to 3 PM North Valley Senior Center, 3825 4th St. NW Dec 13, 14, 15,16 17 9 AM to 4 PM Tijeras ALTSD Office, 1015 Tijeras Avenue Ste 200 • Placitas Nov 10 AM to 4 PM Placitas Library, 453 HWY165

• Rio Rancho Nov 17 8 AM to 5 PM Sandoval County ISD, 4363 Jager Drive Nov 17 and Dec 8 10AM to 5 PM Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane • Santa Fe Nov 15 through Dec 30 8:30 AM to 4 PM NM Aging & Disability Resource Center, 2550 Cerrillos Road

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Violin Pyrotechnics November 5 - 7, 2010

Dukas, Fanfare from La Péri Schumann, Symphony No. 2 Korngold, Violin Concerto Britten, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Salsa Sinfónica

November 13, 2010 Mariano Morales, conductor and piano Luis “Perico” Ortiz, trumpet Paoli Mejias conga/percussion Enjoy symphonic arrangements of salsa and latin jazz tunes. The colorful rhythms and latin melodies will have you dancing in the aisles!

Guillermo Figueroa, conductor Philippe Quint, violin Albuquerque Youth Symphony, side-by-side Grammy nominated violinist Philippe Quint will excite your musical senses with his Paganini-like execution.

200 Years of Piano Poetry

November 19 - 21, 2010 Schumann, Overture to Manfred Chopin, Piano, Concerto No. 2 Debussy, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun Enesco, Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1 Guillermo Figueroa, conductor Janina Fialkowska, piano Let your imagination take ight. Feel the despair of Schumann’s ode to Byron’s poem.

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Community Calendar listing will only include those events that are FREE or no more than $5 per person and will be run on space availability. To have a guaranteed listing in the month of your choice there will be a $25 charge for 10 lines maximum.

Holiday Section November The National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street SW, has a special addition to the collection of ofrendas (altars) on display for their annual Dia de Muertos commemoration at the Domenici Education Center, 10 AM-5 PM. One of the orfendas will be dedicated to cyclists who have lost their lives on N.M. roadways. Artist Jacobo de la Serna has created the cyclist-specific ofrenda using ghost bikes and features an original 48” x 36” oil on canvas painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It will include the names of the 108 fallen cyclists. Free. Call, 246-2261. November 6 Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade in Old Town, 6-9:30 PM. Put on your Muertos costumes and join the traditional celebration with music, dance, costumes and more. Parade,

6-6:45 PM. Ballet Folklorico Xalitic and Mariachi Nuevo Mexico at the Poco a Poco Patio, 7-8 PM. Muertos dance with Wagogo at the Poco a Poco Patio, 8-9 PM. Free. Call 311. November 13 Bear Canyon Senior Center will host the 21st Annual Oso Canyon Art Fest, from 9 AM-3 PM, at 4645 Pitt NE. This arts and craft event features oneof-a-kind creations by talented local artists and crafters. It is the ideal place to find the perfect holiday gift, enjoy live entertainment, refreshments and door prizes. Call 291.6211.

“Christmas in New Mexico” is the theme for the Zia Arts & Crafts Festival at Manuel Lujan (Fairgrounds). Friday, 10 AM-5 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM; Sunday, 10 AM-5 PM. Admission, $6 at the door, seniors $1. For more information, call 823-1092 or visit ZiaArtsAndCrafts.com. November 27, 28, December 4

Wreath Making workshop at Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE, 4-5 PM. Bring a fall or holiday wreath to decorate. Learn how to make bows and great decorating ideas. Space is limited; register at cabq.gov/library.

The de Profundis a cappella men’s ensemble ushers in the holiday season with concerts celebrating Christmas, Advent and Hanukkah. “Over the Hills and Everywhere” features the 13 voices of de Profundis joined by harpist Lynn Gorman-DeVelder in selections from England, France, Kenya, Russia, Wales, and more. Performances: Nov. 27, 7:30 PM at St. Michael And All Angels Church; Nov. 28, 3 PM at Immanuel Presbyterian Church; family concert Dec. 4 at 7:30 PM at Historic El Rey. Call, 266.4240 or depro.org.

November 19-21

November 27-December 30

November 19

The 14th annual River of Lights at Botanic Garden, 6–9 PM. The largest holiday walk-through light show in New Mexico, and a favorite of visitors from all over the world. Closed Dec. 24 & 25. In addition to the beautiful light displays, there are other exciting things to enjoy. Tickets, $8/adults 13 and older; $4/children 3-12; babies 2 and younger, free. Open at 6-9 PM. No ticket discounts. Tickets may be purchased online, but you must be able to print them upon purchase or available from any BioPark cashier. Call, 764-6200 or 311. November 30 Scottish Piping & Dancing with the Scottish Society of Albuquerque at North Valley Library, 3:30–4:30 PM. Learn about the Scottish holiday of St. Andrew’s Day, and celebrate with piping and dancing by members of the Scottish Society of Albuquerque. Located, 7704 2nd Street NW. Call, 897.8823 or cabq.gov.

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November Events November 5-28 The 19th annual National Pastel Painting exhibition of the Pastel Society of New Mexico opens Nov. 6, with opening reception Nov. 5 from 5-8 PM. Prizes total over $10,000. At the Hispanic Arts Center at EXPO New Mexico, 300 San Pedro NE. Free. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM, with the exception of Nov. 12-14, hours are 10 AM–8 PM. Visit pastelsnm.org. November 7

Tickets at KiMo box office 768.3544; Ticketmaster; or day of show, if available. November 12, 13, 20, 21, 27

KiMo Theatre presents Ballet in cinema: Les Flammes De Paris, Boris Asafiev, 2 PM. The performance shown in HD. General admission: $15.

Highland Senior Center Winter Flea Market, 131 Monroe NE - 505-2562000. Join us for shopping and great food! Sat. 8 AM - 2 PM.

The 13th annual NM Veteran’s Art Show, at the Fine Arts Bldg. Expo NM, State Fair, 10 AM-3 PM. Free entry. More than 150 pieces of art in multimediums and styles. No admission fee for viewing exhibition. Contact Wanda Portee, 899.8134, or visit nmveteransart.com. November 13

November 18 Dr. Emil Faithe will speak on “Treating Osteoporosis Naturally” from 1:30-3 PM, at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth St. SE. Space is limited. RSVP to 275-8731. Fee: $1. Hospice COMPASSUS presents Surviving the Season with Grace What do Holiday Grievers Need?Acknowledgement, Healing, Encouragement, Faith & Spirituality, Support. 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Hospice Compassus Conference Room 6000 Uptown Blvd. NE, Suite 104 (505) 332-0847 – 1-877-333-0847

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November 19 Kimo Theatre presents Shakespeare in cinema: Loves Labour’s Lost, 8 PM. This great performance comes from the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London. General admission: $15. Tickets at KiMo box office, 768.3544; Ticketmaster; or day of show if available. November 19-20 Albuquerque Aquarium Overnight, 7 PM-8 AM. Spend an evening learning about ocean species, playing games, making crafts, watching movies and more. Preregistration is required, and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Fee, $30 per person. To register call 848.7180. November 20 El Camino Real International Heritage Center, Socorro, N.M., 11 AM-4PM. Celebrate the center’s 5th anniversary with living history demonstrations of period life on El Camino Real, special performances, and more. For information: 575-854-3600, elcaminoreal.org. Ongoing: Sundays Prayers for world peace, with Gen Kelsang Gomlam. Guided meditations, teachings, and simple prayers to develop and maintain peace and harmony, 10-11:30 AM. Suggested donation, $5. At Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico, 8701 Comanche NE. Call, 292.5293, or visit meditationinnewmexico.org. Mondays Meditation for beginners, 7-8:30 PM, $7/class includes simple prayers, a short teaching, and guided meditation. At Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico, 8701 Comanche NE. Call 292.5293, or visit meditationinnewmexico.org. The Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus invites women singers in the Albuquerque area who enjoy acapella singing and performing to rehearsals on Mondays from 7-10 PM, at The Netherwood Park Church of Christ, 5101 Indian School Road NE. Visit www. enchantedmesa.org or call 323.7960. Tuesdays

AAA Albuquerque East 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE 505-291-6700 or 1-877-222-1020

AAA Albuquerque West 9231 Coors Rd., NW 505-792-1938 or 1-877-222-1020

Spiritual Lunch, $3, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. A 20-minute session also available including Tai Chi Chih, Centering Prayer, or labyrinth. Spiritual Renewal Center, 6400 Coors Blvd. NW, 877.4211. Albuquerque Newcomers Club Welcome Coffee, first Tuesday, 10 AM, offers new residents, the recently divorced, retired or bereaved an opportunity to learn of the Club’s support systems, make new friends attend monthly luncheons, dining, book and movie groups, wine tastings, and more.


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Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte. Call 321.6970, albuquerquenewcomersclub.org. Wednesdays Guided meditation for relaxation & light vegetarian lunch, noon-12:30 PM, followed by lunch, $5. At Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico, 8701 Comanche NE. Call 292.5293, or visit meditationinnewmexico.org. Crazy Eights Square Dance Club, Tuesdays 6:30-9:30 PM, at the Albuquerque Square Dance Center, 4909 Hawkins NE. Call Bill at 881.0137. 50 Plus tap dancing classes & jazz ex-

ercise. Marshall Performing Arts, 2637 Texas Street NE. Call for information, 299.7671, marshallperformingarts. com. Modern Over 50 at Keshet Dance Studio, Wednesdays, 1-2:30 PM, 214 Coal Ave. Modern Dance technique for those who have age-related issues, mobility, joint pain and injuries. Call, 224.9808, or visit keshetdance.org. The Breast Cancer Resource Center is a nonprofit organization looking for volunteers. Call Deborah Openden, 554.3625, 316 Central Avenue SE, open Monday-Friday, 9 AM-4:30 PM, or email dopenden@nmcrc.org.

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